The staff at The Bookworm of Edwards put together a list of its best books of 2011 recently. From toddlers to teens, here are their picks for best books for the younger generations. Book for the Holidays"Twelve Days of Christmas in Colorado," by Linda Ashman and Dawn BeaconEdwards illustrator Dawn Beacon and Denver author Linda Ashman invite kids of all ages to spend Christmas in Colorado with Sophie, where she'll see bustling cities, sprawling ranches, ancient ruins, ghost towns and even giant sand dunes. Oh, and lots of mountains -big ones! From a bunting in a spruce tree to 12 skiers swooshing, it's a mile-high spirited visit.Illustrated Picture Book"Stuck," by Oliver JeffersThis spirited picture book is the author-illustrator's most absurdly funny story since "The Incredible Book-Eating Boy." Childlike in concept and vibrantly illustrated as only Oliver Jeffers could, here is a picture book worth rescuing from any tree.For Furry Friends"Bedtime Book for Dogs," by Bruce LittlefieldFor the dog who doesn't have everything! Here is a charming story about a pup who decides that he'd rather walk to the park by himself than wait for his human companion - and discovers that all of his usual activities aren't as much fun without a good friend to share them with. This is an adorably packaged book that makes a perfect gift for dog lovers of all ages (with words dogs will understand).For Toddlers"Press Here," by Herve TulletAddictive and playful, this book is a treat for toddlers, who will love pressing the yellow dot on the cover of this book, following the instructions within and embarking upon a magical journey! Kids and adults alike giggle with delight as the dots multiply, change direction and grow in size. A smart gift that will make for hours of entertainment.Chapter Books"Liesl & Po," by Lauren OliverWhen Liesl's loving father dies, her stepmother locks her away in an attic bedroom. One magical night, a ghost named Po appears and these two unlikely companions embark on a journey full of danger, thrilling escapes and the most powerful magic in the world. Together, Liesl and Po create light in a dark world, and this glowing novel reminds us of the power of true friendship."The Lemonade Crime," by Jacqueline DaviesIn this charming sequel to "The Lemonade War," siblings Evan and Jessie investigate a theft of $208 from their lemonade stand. They decide to stage a secret, after-school trial, complete with a judge, jury and witnesses. At times both hilarious and poignant, this middle-grade novel has something important to say and is a treat for both fans of the first novel and those who read it as a stand-alone.Book in a Series"Inheritance," by Christopher PaoliniThis is the much-anticipated, astonishing conclusion to the worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle, which began with Eragon back in 2003. An epic fantasy that has captured the hearts of teenagers - and the young adults they've become - Inheritance is an enjoyable and satisfying ending. For Teens"The Future of Us," by Jay Asher and Carolyn MacklerIt's 1996 and best friends Josh and Emma log onto the internet for the first time. They click on a mysterious icon named 'Facebook' and find their profiles, 15 years in the future. What would you do if you could see your future, and-more importantly-change it?"Delirium," by Lauren OliverIn a future where love is a disease controlled by the police and cured by surgeons, 17-year-old Lena's life is changed forever when she falls for Alex. She must decide whether to give into oppression or fight for true love. "Anna and the French Kiss," by Stephanie PerkinsAnna can't believe her father is making her spend senior year at a boarding school in Paris. You'll be swept away with Anna by the historic city and handsome Etienne St. Clair in this clever, romantic treat of a book.Nicole Magistro is the co-owner of The Bookworm of Edwards. Email comments about this story to email@example.com.
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